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Uncle Pirate

Grab yer eye patches and pirate hats, mateys! The adventure begins now!

  • Full Length Musical
  • Comedy
  • 60 minutes

  • Time Period: Present Day, Contemporary
  • Target Audience: Children (Age 6 - 10), Appropriate for all audiences, Young Children (Age 2 - 5)
  • Set Requirements: Bare Stage/Simple Set
  • Cautions: No Special Cautions
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only

  • Performance Group:
  • Large Stage, Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, Professional Theatre, Outdoor, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, College Theatre / Student
Based on the Book Uncle Pirate by Douglas Rees With help from Uncle Pirate and his faithful talking penguin, maybe, just maybe, Wilson can survive the fourth grade. Wilson is just your average kid. Then one day he finds out his uncle is a pirate... like, a REAL pirate! Grab yer eye patches and pirate hats, mateys! The adventure begins now!


"At heart Uncle Pirate proves more of a Boy Scout than a buccaneer, but that won't distress theatergoers under 12, this diverting and often funny musical's ideal audience... Theatergoers at a recent performance particularly enjoyed a classroom duel in which Uncle Pirate bravely wields first a pointer, then a ruler and finally a book. Education, it seems, really is the way to win life's battles."

The New York Times

"There's a talking penguin and plenty of 'arrrs!' for the young'uns, while elementary schoolers and their parents will appreciate the sarcastic dialogue and clever songs... a whimsical adaptation of the eponymous kids book is Jolly Roger fun."

Time Out New York

Premiere Production:

Uncle Pirate was first presented by Vital Theater Company at Vital Children's Theater in New York City. The original production opened January 16, 2010 and was directed by Jeremy Dobrish.

  • Casting: 3M, 3F
  • Casting Attributes: Ensemble cast, Flexible casting, Room for Extras, Expandable casting, Color blind casting
  • Chorus Size: Small

WILSON – a nervous eight year-old with glasses. Very smart, very kind, very scared of the world.
UNCLE PIRATE – a tough-talking, barrel-chested, sword-rattlin', sea-garglin' old salt; eye patch optional, heart of gold required
CAPTAIN JACK – a wise-cracking penguin; played by an actor in a penguin suit
WOMAN 1 (Mom, Carla, various pirates and kids) - Mom is the sensible long-suffering mother of Wilson; Carla is a bullying eight year-old with pigtails and a perpetual scowl
WOMAN 2 (Miss Quern, various pirates and kids) - Miss Quern is a secretary who looks and acts like a librarian; prim and proper, hair in a bun, etc.
MAN (Dad, Principal Purvis, Mr. Twissel, various pirates and kids) - Dad is the sensible long-suffering father of Wilson; Principal Purvis is a shifty-eyed middle-aged man whose great love is making life hard for children; later Purvis is revealed to be a pirate; Mr. Twissel is terrified of everything, especially fourth graders